Shelby Wagner – Ma, BMus and BA
Author of Award-Winning, “Learning to Dance in the Rain II – Surviving Grief, Internet Dating and Romance Scams.
Careers include: teacher, church organist, choir director, entrepreneur and published, award-winning author.
Shelby has always thought she would write a book someday. Her writing career was jump-started in 4th grade when she wrote a play. She was terribly shy as a youngster, but somehow, she got the nerve to tell her teacher she had written a play and when the teacher asked her to read the play to the class, she almost fainted. Trembling and with a shaky voice, she began reading her play aloud and as she heard her voice, she thought the play was really not very good. When she finished reading, she walked to her seat, embarrassed, but unwilling to give up. She knew she had a lot to learn about writing. However, Shelby discovered that, despite her nervousness, she liked being in front of the class.
Shelby was a natural born leader and when the neighbor children gathered in her yard to play, she would organize talent shows and guess who would be director of the show? You are right if you said Shelby. Other activities such as playing school or store, and Shelby was always the teacher or store owner.
Shelby loved to sing and began piano lessons at the age of eleven or twelve. was accompanying the children’s choir at 15, and the adult choir at 16 when she became church organist. This was the beginning of a long career in music and was often recognized throughout the community of Oakland County, and spread to Tennessee after her retirement and southwest Michigan where she lives today. Her hobby now is to play piano duets with a fellow retired music teacher in St. Joseph and Branch Counties.
Shelby became a published author in December of 2020 with her first book, a condensed version of the second, and both share the title, “Learning to Dance in the Rain”.
“Learning to Dance in the Rain II” recently was awarded the 2021 Living Now Book Awards’ Silver Medal in the Relationships/Marriage category. She has also won the nomination for the 2021 Firebird Book Awards in the Grief Category, and from the Book of the Year Award in the Grief/Hardships category. Congratulations, Shelby, and good luck in the finals coming up in October.
Shelby is listed in the 1990-1991 Edition of Marquis Who’s Who in the Midwest.
While teaching, Shelby was a member of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, Michigan and National Music Teachers Association, and the Michigan Piano Teachers Association.
She is a current member of ISFP, International Society of Female Professionals and Sturgis Writers’ Mill, and plays piano duets with fellow retired music teacher, Linda Rehmeyer.